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Call for International Aid by Taliban as WHO Chief Visits Afghanistan

September 21, 2021

During a meeting with World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday, the Taliban urged the international community to help Afghanistan, according to a Taliban spokesman.

Afghanistan will face a humanitarian crisis if the international community does not provide aid in the health sector and other areas, according to Spokesman of the Political Office Dr Mohammad Naeem, who quoted Afghanistan’s interim prime minister Mullah Hassan Akhund on his official Twitter handle.

Following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in August, Akhund called for an end to the freezing of funds in Afghanistan by several countries and institutions, as well as the lifting of sanctions against Taliban leaders.

Pressures will not solve the issues; instead, they can be resolved through dialogue. Those sanctions that are still in place should be lifted,” the prime minister said in the presence of a WHO delegation led by Ghebreyesus and WHO regional head Ahmed Al-Mandhari, who arrived in Kabul. The WHO chief, according to the Taliban, said the organization would try to save Afghanistan from a humanitarian crisis andincrease assistance.

He acknowledged that funds donated by the international community before they took power had been frozen,but promised to work to have them released. Hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are on the verge of being closed due to Western sanctions.UN health agency’s regional emergency director Rick Brennan feared that around 90% of 2,300 health facilities across the country might have to be closed.

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